Earth Day. April 22. I remember the first one, way back in 1970, when I was working for an environmental regulatory authority (my one stint working for the government). Now the celebration is held around the world (some 193 countries and growing).
I grew up learning that it was our job; it was our responsibility to pitch in, to make sure that everyone was treated equally. I’m fairly sure it was related to religious reasons- plus the special circumstances of the Holocaust (also involving religion- but more about subject hatred). Never once did I hear that doing this made me a hero- or anyone else who was involved in such efforts.
Today is the 7th day of Pesach. For the past year, the Eqyptians have been beset by the Ten Plagues. Dam, Tzfardaya, Kinim.. In English: Blood. Frogs. Lice. Wild Beasts. Pestilence. Boils. Hail. Locusts. Darkness. Slaying of the First-born. We’ve put blood on our doorposts to protect us from that last plague. And, now we are free, on the edge of Yam Suf, the Sea of Reeds.
I have written before that our legal system makes many decisions without any understanding of the scientific (or mathematical) principles involved. And, because of that bad (as in wrong) decisions are made.
What a surprise- not! A new study (based upon US Bureau of Census data) has reported that folks who go to college earn $ 1 million more than those who don’t. No, not in one year, silly- over their lifetimes. Which comes to about $ 25K a year. Moreover, this data has been around for at least 40 years- because I knew these facts back when I was teaching.
Well, we’ve been spending a lot of time these past two weeks dealing with the abandonment of logic and science by adults. So, today would be a good day to discuss one of the craziest delusions of the bunch-paraskevidekatriaphobia and it’s related delusion- triskadekaphobia. What are these? Fear of Friday the 13th and the number 13, in general.